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News And Events

The Great War in the Music Halls

BRIAN ABEL RAGEN, PhD
Emeritus Professor, SIUE

The Great War in the Music Halls:
Rudyard Kipling, Edward Elgar, and The Fringes of the Fleet

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00  
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

RSVP by May 1  ~  314-803-8927

Brian Abel Ragen is Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he taught for two decades. He is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was editor of the scholarly journal Papers on Language & Literature and is the author of books on Flannery O'Connor and Tom Wolfe, as well as articles on subjects that range from biblical allusions in Chaucer to the revision of traditional hymns in modern hymnals.

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William Shakespeare Wreath Laying Ceremony

William Shakespeare
Wreath Laying Ceremony

Commemorating the 453rd Anniversary of the birth of
William Shakespeare 

Sunday, April 23, 2017 
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CDT) 

Tower Grove Park
at the Shakespeare Statue in Flag Circle
at Center Cross and Main Drives

Edward Martin, St. Louis Branch ESU VP, will say a few words about the English Speaking Union / St. Louis Branch. Julia Hotaling, St. Louis Shakespeare Competition winner, will perform a monologue by Margaret, from Henry VI part 3, and will recite Sonnet 130. Paula Heller, STL Branch Shakespeare Competition Coordinator, will introduce Julia. Light refreshments will follow at the Lily Pond Shelter. 

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“The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man…and Woman”

DONNA NORTHCOTT, MA
Associate Professor, Theatre — Lindenwood University
St. Louis Branch 2016 BUSS Scholar

"The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man…and Woman"

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00    
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

Donna Northcott holds a BA in Theatre from St. Louis University and an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University. She studied Shakespearean acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Summer Seminar at Oxford University, Meisner Technique at the Actors' Center in Chicago; interned in Artistic Administration at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and has taught Meisner Technique and Shakespeare acting workshops in Chicago and St. Louis. Prior to coming to Lindenwood University, Ms. Northcott was employed as the Live Theatre Manager at the St. Louis Science Center, where she created the Science Theatre Caravan touring program, and later sh served as the Youth Theatre Manager at the Jewish Community Center. She currently serves as an Artistic Advisor for the St. Louis Science Center.

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2017 Walter Hines Page Scholar

The St. Louis Branch of the English-Speaking Union hosted Mr. Peter Hambridge as our 2017 Walter Hines Page Scholar.  Mr. Hambridge currently serves at the Head of Biology and the Joint Head of Science at Parmiter's School in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.  The goal of his visit was to explore strategies that American high schools use to support and encourage students in their pursuit of post-secondary science studies and careers.  He was provided with an informative and tasty tour of St. Louis, spoke about today's technological world at the St. Louis Branch February luncheon, toured four local schools, met with a professor of Educational Leadership at Maryville University, and attended a Saint Louis University basketball game.  

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St. Louis Branch Shakespeare Competition

The English-Speaking Union of St. Louis hosted a wonderful Saturday morning of young people and Shakespeare on February 4, 2017  at  Fontbonne University! 

Thanks to Joan Falk and Deanna Jent, we were able to meet at Fontbonne University for the annual ESU Shakespeare competition.  Ten area schools sent competitors who inspired all in attendance at their grasp of the language and rhythm of the Bard.  In fact every year, the students seem to get stronger and stronger at performing Shakespeare. 

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Walter Hines Page Scholar 2017

PETER HAMBRIDGE, M.Ed 
St. Louis Branch ESU 
Walter Hines Page Scholar 2017

"Supporting the Next Generation of Scientists"

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00   
$35 members  ~  $40 guests    


Peter Hambridge is the Joint Head of Science and Head of Biology at Parmiter's School, Hertfordshire UK, where he has taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics to the school's 11-18 year old students. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Newcastle, his Qualified Teacher Status from Middlesex University and his Master of Education degree from the University of Cambridge.

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Competition

Please check out the new educational programs being offered to teachers in elementary and middle school and ESU members

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2017 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. Learn more about the Competition.


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Reminder to Teachers

As you prepare your students for the upcoming Shakespeare Competition, please complete your application for the Teachers Learning Abroad grant offered by the St. Louis chapter of English Speaking Union.  This is the chance of a lifetime for powerful, in-residence professional development in the United Kingdom.  Choose from studying for three weeks at Oxford University, Shakespeare's Globe in London, or Edinburgh University.  The St. Louis ESU Chapter will cover the costs up to $5,000 for this incredible experience.  Having been a Teacher Learning Abroad in 2013, I can tell you that it is just magical to be able to sit where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met to peer edit their literary masterpieces or to buy sweets in the shop that was described by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass.  The knowledge I acquired as I studied writing at Exeter College was valuable to not only me but also for my students. 

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Annual Holiday Luncheon

The St. Louis Branch
of 
The English-Speaking Union
Annual Holiday Luncheon

Featuring a program of 
Instrumental and vocal Selections
Celebrating the Holiday Season

Sunday, December 4, 2016

at Half-past Twelve in the Afternoon
Lunch served at one o'clock
Musical program to follow

Please make reservations by Monday, November 28
314-803-8927

$35 per person

No host bar

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St. Louis Branch of THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION presents TIMOTHY RILEY Director and Chief Curator National Churchill Museum

"Fifty Years Hence:
The English-Speaking Union, Fulton,
and the Legacy of Winston Churchill"

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cocktails ~ 12:30 Lunch ~ 1:00
$35 members ~ $40 guests

Since May 2, Timothy Riley has served as Director and Chief Curator for The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College. Tim is a graduate, cum laude, of
Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and also studied at Columbia University in the City of New York. He has also served as a curatorial assistant, education
assistant and lectures/concerts coordinator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 2006 through 2012 Tim served as director of The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton,
and was appointed Director Emeritus in 2012. In April of this year Tim was installed as Churchill Fellow of Westminster College.

Tim is the author or co-author of more than 20 articles on a variety of art, music and historical topics, including several essays about Winston Churchill. He has curated
exhibitions including "Before and After Rembrandt," "Chagall," and even explored the artistic side of our nation's pastime with his exhibition, "Art of the Diamond:
Baseball." He also curated the current exhibition "A Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill aboard the Queen Mary" in Long Beach, California, which has been seen by 200,000 visitors since it opened in May. His exhibition earlier this year, "The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill," was organized by the National Churchill Museum and on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. It was hailed as "the most significant exhibition of Churchill's paintings in North America." Many ESU members attended a special branch tour of the exhibit, which Tim conducted for us. We are delighted to welcome him here again.

Please send reservation/check to E-SU, c/o Joan Buxton Falk (314-803-8927), 200 S. Brentwood - 8A, St. Louis, MO 63105, and indicate any with whom you wish to be seated.

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